|FLSA Designation: Exempt
Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties
performed by employees in the class. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties
performed within the job.
Under direction of the Landscape/Facilities Manager, performs a variety of professional
level duties and responsibilities in support of the City’s park planning functions
including the planning and development of the City’s park system, open space, trails, and
landscaped parkways; attends meetings to provide planning input on assigned projects; and
coordinates assigned activities with other divisions, departments, and outside agencies.
The Parks Planner classification is a single position class and is considered a
professional level in which the incumbent is expected to independently perform the full
scope of duties associated with parks planning. Assignments performed at this level require
an in-depth knowledge relative to parks planning. This classification is distinguished from
other City planning classifications by the performance of specialized responsibilities
focused on planning and development of the City’s parks, open space, trails, and landscaped
The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of
the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from
those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.
- Performs a variety of professional level duties and responsibilities in support of
the City’s park planning functions including the planning and development of the City’s
park system, open space, trails, and landscaped parkways; writes project specific
Conditions of Approval (COA); participates in plan check process; attends preconstruction
meetings as required; schedules and presents park plans to the Park and Recreation
Commission for review and approval.
- Implements and updates the City’s Parks, Trails, and Recreation Master Plan that
includes planning and development policies for community and neighborhood facilities,
bicycle and multi-use trails, and open space areas; develops the annual report under the
direction of the Director of Parks and Recreation.
- Conducts research and prepares schedules, projections, and expenditures concerning
landscape development needs and plans; prepares and reviews plans, construction drawings,
specifications, and bid documents for projects; defines deficiencies and coordinates the
design of new facilities to accomplish the City’s goals and objectives.
- Prepares cost estimates for various projects and develops requests for proposals
(RFP’s); evaluates park development proposals; participates in the selection, supervision,
and monitoring of technical and professional consultants required for departmental and City
- Prepares and tracks all park and landscape planning reviews and approves plans and
specifications submitted by developers, landscape architects, and consulting engineers
relating to park and landscape development City-wide.
- Performs project management duties on assigned capital improvement projects
including park improvement and expansion projects, development of new and improved
community facilities, and trail development; participates in the development of and
monitors performance against the capital budget; provides staff support on CIP projects
through planning, design development, and preparation of bid documents.
- Provides for the coordination of capital improvement programs with City operations
staff to insure input during program development and design as well as smooth transfer of
new capital facilities and parks to City operation following construction.
- Coordinates with contractors and consultants performing all types of construction
management and inspection activities to ensure construction practices are in compliance
with City standards.
- Coordinates construction activities of projects to ensure project progresses on
schedule and within prescribed budget; modifies schedules and plans as required.
- Oversees the preparation of specifications and bidding documents for the design,
construction, renovation, and landscaping of the City’s parks and recreation facilities;
solicits, reviews, and recommends award of contracts; evaluates work of contractors.
- Facilitates and participates in organizational and community park planning
meetings; responds to and resolves community and organizational inquiries and
- Participates in a variety of construction activities including construction
inspection, construction submittal review, and release of building permits based on
construction progress and COA’s.
- Serves as staff on a variety of boards, commissions, and committees as assigned;
prepares and presents staff reports and other written and oral presentations to appropriate
boards, groups and/or committees including the City Council, Parks and Recreation
Commission, Planning Commission, and other subcommittees on park and landscape development
- Coordinates assigned park planning activities with those of other divisions,
departments, and outside agencies and organizations; participates as part of the plan check
team to update the City’s Standard Plan and Specifications through the Engineering
- Attends and participates in professional group meetings; maintain awareness of new
trends and developments in the field of park planning and development; incorporates new
developments as appropriate.
- Assists with grant preparation and administration.
- Provides work coordination and project direction for other park planning
- Performs related duties as required.
The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job
and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the
Operational characteristics, services, and activities of a parks and landscape development
program. Principles, practices, and trends in park planning and development. Principles
and practices used in the design and construction of public facilities and parks. Contract
development and administration principles and practices including construction inspection
principles. Recent developments, current literature, research methods, and sources of
information related to municipal planning, urban growth, and development. Methods and
techniques of effective technical report preparation and presentation.
Methods and techniques of eliciting community participation in planning and development
issues. Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable
software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.
Grant development principles and practices. Principles of supervision, training, and
performance evaluation. Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and
Perform professional level planning duties in the planning and development of the City’s
park system, open space, trails, and landscaped parkways. Prepare contract documents and
specifications for the construction, development, and landscaping of parks, parkways,
trails, and open space areas. Express ideas effectively in comprehensive written and oral
presentations to City commissions and the City Council. Oversee multiple projects
simultaneously and be sensitive to deadlines and changing priorities. Negotiate contracts
with and coordinate project consultants. Review and interpret designs, plans, and
specifications for compliance with current standards, laws, codes, and regulations for
solutions to problems, cost estimating, and constructability. Analyze and compile
statistical and technical information. Prepare and analyze technical and administrative
reports, statements, and correspondence. Interpret and apply federal, state, and local
policies, laws, and regulations. Select, supervise, train, and evaluate staff. Operate
office equipment including computers and supporting word processing, spreadsheet, and
database applications. Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course
Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education and experience
that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way
to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in
park/landscape planning or a related field.
Two years of increasingly responsible park planning experience that includes construction
License or Certificate:
Possession of an appropriate driver’s license
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT
The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to
successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be
made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.
Environment: Office and field setting; travel to different locations; incumbents may
be exposed to inclement weather conditions; work and/or walk on various types of surfaces
including slippery or uneven surfaces; incumbents may be required to work extended hours
including evenings and weekends.
Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work
in an office and field setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to
occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or
pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive
hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; to travel to
other locations using various modes of private and commercial transportation; and to
verbally communicate to exchange information.
Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction.
Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.